Happy New Year – 2017

Happy New Year to all!

Authors note: I plan to pretty much take off the month of January, as far as blogging goes, and devote my time to serious Physical Therapy aimed at facilitating a full recovery from my recent heart surgery. And when I’m not sweating and physically pushing myself, I’ll be reviewing the FCC Technical License materials and studying to take the General License Exam within the next couple of months. Those are my immediate priorities.

That said, I’ll not be forgetting my regular readers for a minute. I plan to re-blog one or two of my older posts, plus adding some links to specific posts from other blogs I follow that I think will be of interest to you, my readers. While most of my past posts have dealt with hiking, camping and backpacking, I have started introducing some Ham radio-related posts in recent months. Many of the re-blogged links I’ll be including over the next 4-5 weeks will cover QRP (low-power Amateur Radio operation) in a SOTA (Summits On The Air) battery-powered environment — thus maintaining the hiking/climbing, off-grid aspects of Ham-radio operations, combined with emergency/public service radio ops. A little something for everyone!

  1. Here’s a post from last FebruaryYosemite, NP and Hoover Wilderness. The underlying theme or take-away of this post centers on the importance of knowing the causes and symptoms associated with altitude sickness. Additional resources at:



  2. Here’s a post by Bob KØNR , describing How to Use the VHF frequencies to do a SOTA Activation



About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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4 Responses to Happy New Year – 2017

  1. TN says:

    I’ll check in with you this week if you’re up for visits.


  2. ve3eby says:

    Speedy recovery Mike. 73, Paul, VE3EBY.

    • Mike Hohmann says:

      Thanks, Paul. Gathering antenna components, power pole connectors, etc. as I alternate between rest and exercise. Things are going well. Looking forward to warmer weather though!

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